Anal itching - self-care
Anal itching occurs when the skin around your anus becomes irritated. You may feel intense itching around and just inside the anus.
Pruritus ani - self-care
Anal itching may be caused by:
Self-care at Home
To treat anal itching at home, you should keep the area as clean and dry as possible.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your health care provider if you have:
Also, call your provider if self-care does not help within 2 or 3 weeks.
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Review Date: 5/13/2019
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